Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

Welcome to UVA BIMS!

The Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (BIMS) at UVA is a vibrant interdisciplinary graduate program committed to training PhD candidates in becoming the next generation of scientific leaders. We achieve this goal through an immersive curriculum coupled with rigorous research training and by providing students with the flexibility to tailor independent programs of didactic coursework. In parallel, we offer students a broad spectrum of research opportunities, delivered in partnership with the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Virginia.

Read about the many distinguishing features of our program and how you can train under world-renowned scientists who are committed not only to scientific discovery but also to mentoring and teaching.

The application for Fall 2022 admissions is now closed.

Admissions for Fall 2023 will reopen on Sept 1st.
We encourage you to apply early.

Diversity, Equity and Community

Image of Dean David Wilkes

A Personal Message from the Dean

Dear Students, Residents, Fellows, Staff, and Faculty: I rarely send out messages in response to national events, but the past several days have been deeply disturbing to me.  Although I am the dean of the medical school, what I have witnessed in the news has had a profound effect on me, and at times has made me emotional.
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defining scientist

Researchers who changed how we view science

Ernest Everett Just, PhD (1883 - 1941), graduated Magna Cum Laude from Dartmouth College in 1907 with four bachelor's degrees, and received his PhD from University of Chicago in 1916. Author of more than 70 scientific papers and the text, The Biology of the Cell Surface (1939), we are spotlighting Dr. Just as our inaugural minority researcher in our series "Defining sci-en-tist".
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BIMS Core Course

Anti-Racism Resources

We have collected a wide array of resources – both internal and external to UVA – to support student well-being and guide inclusion (gender, racial, religious) efforts across BIMS. This is a living resource – suggestions for curating are welcome.
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PHD Programs

The Doctor of Philosophy, a PhD, can be earned by students who successfully complete their studies in one of the degree-granting departments/entities that participate in the BIMS program.
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students in mstp program


The UVA Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) prepares students for faculty and research positions of leadership in the biomedical sciences.
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SRIP 2019 Class Picture

SRIP (Summer Research Internship Program)

The School of Medicine offers a ten-week research internship to qualified undergraduates considering a career in biomedical research. Generous financial support, housing, and travel are provided to participants.
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